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'Brady's Bill' to ease penalties of underage drinkers

LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas mother is teaming up with a valley teen in an effort to change a Nevada law involving underage drinking.

Kimberly Caipa and 18-year-old Rose Asaf introduce State Senate Bill 464 to the State Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. SB 464, also known as 'Brady's Bill,' will give immunity to minors who were drinking if they end up having to call 911 to help a fellow teen.

"We want to stress that SB 464 addresses concerns about underage drinking by empowering young people to make the right and responsible decision to seek medical assistance without hesitation and without fear of legal consequences," said Rose Asaf, Nevada Youth Legislature.

Similar laws already exist in 23 states and the District of Columbia.



Driving You Crazy: Road work along Stephanie Street

HENDERSON, Nev. - Randy wants details about an emerging construction project on Stephanie Street near U.S. 95.

The recent road work marks the beginning stages of a $20 million improvement project funded by the Regional Transportation Commission's gas tax.

Crews are creating a support structure for a new bridge across U.S. 95. Henderson officials say work on the bridge will likely start in June or July, but steel won't go up until early next year.

Stephanie will eventually be widened to six travel lanes with median islands, fresh pavement markings and signage. Crews may also install a traffic signal at the Patrick Lane intersection.

What's driving you crazy? E-mail your traffic questions and complaints to Demetria Obilor.

Dooley Elementary on lockdown for nearby police investigation

HENDERSON, Nev. — Henderson Police placed an elementary school on lockdown early Friday afternoon while investigating a report of shots fired.

Dooley Elementary in southeast Henderson was put into lockdown after 11 a.m., police said. 

No one was hurt in the incident. Police said they did not have information on possible suspects.

No other information was immediately available.

This is a developing story.

Bill would prevent smoking in cars with children present

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A Nevada Assembly member is bringing forward legislation making it a crime to smoke tobacco in a car with a minor present.

Democratic Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle is sponsoring AB322, which was heard Thursday in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

"It provides protection for the health and safety of children who cannot protect themselves," said Assemblyman Sprinkle.

The bill will prohibit motorists from smoking tobacco or electronic cigarettes in a moving or stopped car if there is a child under the age of 18 in the vehicle. The proposal would allow police to levy a $25 fine against smokers breaking the rule.

"It's kind of like child abuse," said Kameelah Purdom, supporter of AB322. "You're smoking with them in the car; you're damaging their health."

So far, the bill has the support of the medical community, including the Southern Nevada Health District.

Henderson man arrested for allegedly robbing 2 smoke shops

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A 36-year-old Henderson man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with two robberies at the same smoke shop months apart.

Chad M. Nichols was arrested around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Horizon Ridge Parkway and Horizon Drive. Henderson Police said he robbed the Smoke Cigar and More at 35 E. Horizon Ridge on January 29 and March 12.

In both robberies, Nichols approached the clerk with a gun and demanded cash, and each time Nichols was given an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the store, police said.

No one was injured. Nichols was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on two counts each of robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary with a deadly weapon.

He is being held on a $90,000 bail.

Poor education in So. Nevada scares prospective businesses

LAS VEGAS -- The poor quality of the Southern Nevada school system may be keeping away prospective businesses that wanted to move to Las Vegas.



I-Team: Reputed mafia captain will go to New Jersey to face charges

HENDERSON, Nev. -- A Henderson man, accused of being a captain in a Mafia family went before a federal magistrate judge in Las Vegas Thursday.

Charles Anthony Stango, 71, faces four felony counts in connection with a federal organized crime probe. He's accused of distributing drugs, promoting prostitution, and plotting to commit murder.

The FBI alleges Stango was planning to hire two outlaw bikers as hitmen to kill a rival gangster. At Stango's initial appearance Thursday, he was placed into the custody of U.S. Marshals and ordered to be transported to New Jersey to face the charges in federal court there.